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FA Cup Match Preview: Barnet vs Burton Albion

7 November 2020

The Bees move onto the First Round proper of the Emirates FA Cup with a home tie against League One outfit, Burton Albion.


Barnet FC vs Burton Albion FC

Sunday 8th November 2020, 12:45 KO

The Hive London

Emirates FA Cup First Round

Live on BBC iPlayer/BBC Sport Digital Platforms 


League Position: 23rd in League One (P11 W1 D4 L6)

Last Result: Shrewsbury 1-1 Burton Albion (League One, Tuesday 3rd November)

Manager: Jake Buxton

Club Captain: John Brayford

The visitors haven’t had the best of starts to the 2020/2021 season, currently finding themselves 2nd from bottom in League One. Having played 11 matches, they have only seen victory once in the league, coming against Accrington Stanley.

The Brewers have also been knocked out of the EFL Cup as well, having won a first-round tie vs Accrington Stanley, they then faced Premier League opposition in Aston Villa, losing 3-1.

This match however may be seen as the perfect opportunity for this weekends opponents to kick start their season, with this being their first taste of Emirates FA Cup action this season. But with an early fight to avoid relegation already started, the Brewers may be vulnerable. The Bees will hope to put the pressure on them early in order to shake their opponents.


Having not played for 13 days, the Bees will be hoping that momentum has been maintained, after the efforts put in to get into the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup with that dramatic victory at Leiston before getting a well-fought point away to Wrexham in the National League, despite missing a number of first-team players.

The team were made to go all the way against Leiston in the last round of the competition, recovering from 2-1 down to turn the game on its head and win 3-2.

Attention now turns to Sunday, with a big test against League One opposition, as Burton Albion visit The Hive London. The Bees will look to recreate the form shown in that historic Emirates FA Cup run in the 2018-19 season, where we reached the Fourth Round of the competition. 


Peter Beadle confirmed the following in his pre match interview:

Josh Walker will miss tomorrow's clash with the Brewers with a hamstring injury picked up on his return from injury in the Leiston and Wrexham matches. However, the boss says that last season's second-highest scorer should be back in contention for next Saturday's league fixture with Bromley. 

Muhammadu Faal has not been granted the appropriate permission from the relevant authorities to feature in tomorrow's FA Cup match. He will be available from next Saturday. 

The boss also confirmed there were some minor niggles in the camp, that would have to be monitored ahead of tomorrow's match, but other than that he has plenty of options available to him. 


The sides last met in a league encounter back in January 2013, when both sides were playing in League Two. The Brewers narrowly came away with the three points, winning 1-0.


JAKE BUXTON - Burton Albion Manager

“We aren’t underestimating Barnet. It will be a tough fixture for us, we know that, and we will prepare as well as possible and look for a performance.

They are physical but they can also play. I have spoken to the players and told them they have to fight and be up for the battle and hopefully we will then get the ball down and play our football. It’s important we go down to Barnet, put in a performance and win the game.”



Bees fans can watch the full 90 minutes live on the BBC IPlayer and across the BBC's online digital platforms. The BBC will be providing a one camera stream of the match. We will also have a reporter from the BBC covering the match for Final Score. 

There will be the usual updates via social media, where you will also find all the reaction post-match. 



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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 1-0 Burton Albion

8 November 2020

The Bees made it into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a hard fought 1-0 win over League One side Burton Albion. After taking an early lead through Wes Fonguck, the Bees had to hold on, especially after going down to ten men before half time. Despite this, the Bees held on for a historic win and a place in the next round.


There was a positive start to the game from the Bees, controlling the ball well and not letting their underdog status affect them in any way.

The Bees continued to control the play, building up patiently before they finally got their chance, which they took with full conviction. Some brilliant hold up play from JJ Hooper, allowed Fonguck to get a shot away, which he buried into the top left hand corner to give his side the lead after only ten minutes.

The League One outfit weren't offering much of a threat in the game until a free kick from Joe Powell was nearly put in at the far post by Sam Hughes and five minutes later Scott Loach had to pull off a strong save to deny Lucas Akins.

Chances started to come few and far between, as the half entered the final 15 minutes, though the Brewers were controlling the bulk of the play, with their main outlet coming from set-pieces.

With two minutes to go in the half though, it was the Bees who nearly doubled their lead. Hooper done well to race pass some Burton defenders and was inches away from finishing, only to be denied by Kieran O'Hara, who pushed the ball out for a corner.

A relatively positive half for the Bees, ended in an unfortunate manner, when Matt Preston was shown a straight red card for pulling down his man as he raced through towards goal.

Being down to ten men meant a slight change in formation, with Harry Taylor moving into fill in at centre back at the start of the second half.

The Brewers were going to do all they could to take advantage of the extra man and nearly equalised shortly after the restart, when Niall Ennis cut inside before firing a shot just wide of the mark.

The Bees were doing all they could to contain the added pressure, defending resolutely, despite the flurry of opportunities which the away side were having.

The task became even harder for the Bees, when Elliot Richards left the field, after picking up an injury, with about 25 minutes of the game to go.

With 15 minutes to go, the Bees remained stubborn in their efforts to deny Burton a goal, but were given a big let off when somehow Kane Hemmings struck the crossbar from a yard out.

Loach's goal was being peppered with chances, but he was doing superbly to push away Burton's attempts, including a powerful one from substitute Charles Vernam, which Loach managed to save with his chest.

Just before the game entered five minutes of additional time, Burton probably had one of their best chances to score, if it wasn't for another fingertip save from Loach.

Despite not having much of the ball in the second half, captain Harry Taylor broke away, but couldn't keep his shot down.

This didn't matter though, as the Bees managed to weather the storm and secure a place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

Barnet Team: Loach, Preston, McQueen, Richards (Pascal 63'), Petrasso (Hernandez 81'), Hooper (Pavey 90+2'), Taylor, Fonguck, Binnom-Williams, Mason-Clark, Nugent



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